The endless narrative at the end of oil

By Andrew Schrader

Contributing writer for End the Lie

(Image credit: Danny Prew)

The America’s problem today is the philosophical problem of the Ship of Theseus, also known as the King’s Ship. Some have called it a paradox; I call it a reformation:

The King sets out on a voyage with his people. Soon, however, the mast breaks, and the people replace the mast with deck pieces. Then a railing breaks, so the people replace the rail with the broken mast. As the voyage continues, every piece on the ship has been replaced. If every part has been replaced, is it still the King’s Ship?

This question demonstrates the ontological differences between the physical and immaterial, and how we define them. For this discussion, let’s say that the King’s Ship is no longer the King’s Ship once it ceases to function as the King’s Ship.

Our ship – America – is built upon ideals and principles of freedom and liberty as outlined in the Bill of Rights. This immaterial structure (politics), however, is entirely dependent on the ability of the King’s Ship to grow forever (infinite-debt economics).

As the realities of peak oil and resource depletion collide with an economic model of infinite-debt and infinite-growth, we have seen both the disparities between the real economy and the fake economy and the destruction of the ideals on which America was founded.

The Patriot Act, the NDAA, the “Trespass Bill,” and most recently, the National Defense Resource Preparedness Act, were “necessary” in the infinite-growth model in managing the collapse of the King’s Ship.

The trespasses against our liberties need to be understood within the context of the peak oil model: that once world production of petroleum has peaked, true economic growth is impossible, as energy will forever be more difficult and costly to produce, refine, transport, and purchase.

Add to this all the other nations vying for the same decreasing supply of fossil fuels to keep their ships afloat and you have an economic and political climate such as we see unfolding today.

Without context, collapse is chaos. Whether or not you believe in peak oil matters little. All that matters is that you see how the peak oil model runs our world economies and governments. In reality it is how the world works today.

Our Constitution ceases to exist. This should be clear to everyone. The disparity in differences on how to move forward and “restore our rights” grows wider each day, especially those in mainstream and alternative media – whose five day-a-week narrative structures demand endless material. They decry the loss of liberty and demand we fix the King’s Ship.

These people cannot or will not understand the peak oil model. For them, there is infinite energy (particularly fossil fuels), including abiotic oils, shale oil and gas, Canadian tar sands, ethanol, and endless supplies of petroleum – if only the “government” would allow them to be tapped.

Not only is this incorrect, there is no amount of shale, abiotic or fossil fuel energy that will offset declines in oil production to sustain a growing population on board the King’s Ship.

“Free energy” is also touted as a solution (if only the “government” would allow its use). While I understand the physics behind it, it does us no good to hope for its miracle arrival and a national infrastructure to support it.

This is precisely why over $27 trillion (that we know of) in printed or digitized money has done nothing but (attempt to) mask the economic crash and demise of the dollar. You cannot print money without the energy to back it up. Money is only a symbol of future energy expenses, remember.

And for those who believe the peak oil “debate” is a fear-mongering tactic, I would kindly remind you that (a) governments worldwide have realized and acted according to the peak oil model for forty years and (b) If the government wanted to scare you, as they do with “terrorism,” they would do it.

Peak oil cannot (yet) be stated openly by the U.S. government, yet it must be addressed tangentially (climate change).

I believe climate change is real and deadly, but the discussion is also used by our government as a smokescreen.

They are incapable of calling peak oil by name (although we have come close several times now) for fear of stock market crashes, the loss of dollar hegemony, loss of control over the people, etc. But there is no repairing this ship; we do not have the energy to replace its parts.

NEVER-ENDING NARRATIVES

America is not a place. It is a mindset. To fight for our rights and liberties is to be applauded, as is Chris Hedges’ recent lawsuit against the Obama Administration for the unconstitutional NDAA. If we are to fight, if we are to add “friction to the machine” to slow down the fascist corporatist government (which is not actually our government), we must also realize that our American ideals have been so fundamentally altered that even if the NDAA were nullified tomorrow, the victory would largely be symbolic.

Media at the end of the industrial revolution fall into one of two categories: Those who uphold the status quo, and those who do not. Those who still live in the infinite-growth paradigm and those who have decided to abandon it.

Like our economic and political structures, the infinite narratives in a finite world are also collapsing.

So let’s talk about two seemingly different hosts and shows: Amy Goodman of the progressive “Democracy Now!” and Alex Jones of Infowars.com and PrisonPlanet.tv.

“Democracy Now!” and “The Alex Jones Show” are simultaneously episodic and serial shows. They can either pick up from the previous show, if needed for continuity, or move on to other topics. This is an important mechanism for any show to remain flexible. However, these formats by definition can never allow their narratives to end.

To be clear: A narrative that ends does not mean that the show must stop. It does not mean one cannot provide news and information.

A never-ending narrative simply means that no power may be allowed to transfer from the narrator to the receiver. The “how” and the “when” and the “who” of an event is permissible, but the “why” must remain elusive. If true and actionable intelligence is allowed to transfer hands, the narrator risks losing his audience (This is partly why self-censorship is the foundation of all mainstream media business models).

Never-ending narratives are achieved by omission or deception. Either you ignore a “Why?” altogether, like Amy Goodman and the 24-hour news networks, or you engage in a never-ending chase – a “red-herring” battle between the “forces of good and evil”, where the elusive enemy can neither be identified, located, and therefore, never prosecuted. Which is convenient, since “there’s a war on for your mind…”

After 16 years of Amy Goodman covering news in the name of demanding Democracy Right Now! – immediately! – might the “independent” program under Ruppert Murdoch’s purview be better titled “Democracy When!”?*

“PrisonPlanet”: The planet is a prison with global guards. The solution must be to escape the planet. If we take this with InfoWars (“because there’s a war on for your mind”), then we are imprisoned in a global mind control war between the forces of good and evil. Presumably we, the people, are the good. Yet evil apparently won the battle, since we already occupy their global prison. The title disempowers the viewer even before entering. It’s like going to bat with an 0-2 count and a umpire whose strike zone extends bottom-right. If Jones’ goal is to empower the listener, it seems he has defeated his own purpose.

Both programs refuse to inform on the topic of peak oil. Peak oil is easy to understand, but the consequences of having built an infinite-debt, infinite-growth economic and political structure based on finite carbon-deposits in the Earth is both complex and scary. Ironically, if Alex Jones cared to look at the peak oil model, he would find instant proof of his “findings.” Again, it is the “Why?” that matters and the “Why?” that empowers.

Peak oil is denied or omitted by the media and the government for one simple reason: their never-ending narrative structure does not allow for it.

And solutions for fighting the King’s Ship illusion? Amy Goodman offers little to nothing. Alex Jones has decided we should “use their own technology against them,” on every “globalist media platform.” This is an infinite-growth trap and contradiction. For someone who rails against the security state apparatus and believes millions of Americans will be rounded up into FEMA camps – why would he promote simply handing information to the government, presumably making it easier for the government to relocate his listeners to FEMA refugee camps? Whether intentional or not, whether he knows it or not, promoting “change” through a never-ending narrative is confusing at best, destructive at worst.

But here is the caveat – the point of this piece:

Media is what you make of it. The true power of any text, any narrative, comes not from the “author” (the auteur theory in film, for example), but from YOU, the viewer, the individual. Without YOU, there is no meaning. The endless narrative is dependent on your dependence on it.

Therein lies the answer: You cannot win against an endless, disempowering King’s Ship narrative by depending on the endless narrative model. You must disengage.

As collapse progresses, do not expect change from others. The people who uphold these narratives are too deeply embedded, and while small victories will be won on the King’s Ship, the narrative itself will not be swayed.

Yes, there are battles to be fought on board that will slow down the totalitarian “captains,” so do not interpret this as a call to simply roll over and give up. A vote for Ron Paul, for example, is a vote out of self-defense. It works to slow the ship, even if its course remains.

No, this is a call to see the true context of collapse that corporate governance and the endless narrative cannot admit.

Once you understand that the King’s Ship is an illusion, that there is not infinitely cheap energy to keep us afloat, that its function is fundamentally and permanently altered, and that you must disengage from the endless narrative in order to fight it, you have achieved at least the mindset of independence. And that is a truly empowering narrative.

The evil of collapse is not peak oil itself, but the lengths at which governments have gone and will continue to go to keep the infinite-growth narrative economically viable. The USG invades, imprisons, tortures and murders in Our Name. It will target us, its own people, to keep us dependent aboard the ship. Those who think about independence are terrorists. Forget life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – you do not have the right to survive collapse.

The narrative will not end, even as the ship sinks. The function of mainstream news and the Presidency is not to inform, but to talk us down with the ship, because it is more profitable to sink it than it is to save it. The above-mentioned hosts and shows may be good-hearted people, as may our current President (Dostoyevsky wrote that evil men are more simple-minded and naive than we believe), but we must acknowledge their functions on the King’s Ship.

In conclusion, then, watch the following clip and ask yourself, “How does this function in the endless narrative?” As for why it functions this way, I can only conclude that if Alex Jones does not work for Big Oil, he sure as hell acts like it.

Author’s note: Thank you to Michael Ruppert and the staff of CollapseNet.com, from whom I shamelessly rip off.

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Andrew Schrader is an independent filmmaker (Fever Night, The Age of Reason) and freelance writer, studying geopolitical trends in media, energy and economics. He currently lives in Austin, TX.

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11 Responses to The endless narrative at the end of oil

  1. Susan L April 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    What a compelling article this is, and so very well thought out. While it will take me some time to process the information provided and to come to my own conclusions, my first impression is that the author has managed to articulate the real problem with respect to the Big Picture. Whether or not I ultimately agree with your conclusions, I appreciate your novel approach, presented without the fear-mongering that is so often part of “latter-day” commentary. Thank you.

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    • Boycott Al Jazeera! April 7, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      Yes I do not 100% agree with Peak Oil but this article puts it very well.

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      • WTF April 10, 2012 at 7:55 PM

        How the fuck do you not “agree” with peak oil? This isnt something you get to agree with or not. There is X amount of oil in the ground, when it is gone it is gone. There is nothing to agree or disagree with about that fact.

        Dont be such a fucking imbecile.

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  2. Sponky April 19, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    I’d like to ask why there is a coolness between Ruppert and Jones. They both seem to diss the other, or rather Michael clearly disses Alex and Alex might grumble a bit without being loud—so why the lack of warmth? Because both platforms require their voice to be the right one? Or perhaps Alex hopes for a stand in the sand and Michael calls for a retreat into the woods? I for one wish they would learn to work together since we all know how the Skull and Bones folks work together. I also would like to see your evidence on Global warming being human caused, and the evidence of what exactly oil is. Fossil fuel is what exactly? And why does M.R. not talk to folks like Greg Palast? I suspect Alex needs the bad guys to be active and if Mother Nature is at “fault” for oil running out, then how does that help. I’d also like to know what you think about the rumors of endless oil being hidden from public view in Alaska.

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  3. Andrew Schrader April 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    @Susan L
    @Boycott Al Jazeera!
    @WTF
    @Sponky

    Thank you guys for reading and I appreciate the comments. I always wrote for myself, but ETL was cool enough to publish a couple pieces.

    Michael C. Ruppert loathes Alex Jones; I think it’s because MCR was actually doing serious investigative journalism – getting shot at and poisoned and being broke, etc. while AJ, you know, talks a lot… And he’s falsified many stories. He’s not a journalist, know what I mean? Plus AJ really bashes people like Matt Simmons and other peak oil activists, but has no clue as to what the definition of Peak Oil is (see below)…
    But I don’t hate AJ, even though this piece suggests that. I don’t think he’s disinfo; I just don’t like focusing on 132 different things at once, when there are a few key ones that would change our system entirely. Since he refuses to address energy, he’ll never understand it.

    MCR and AJ just don’t like each other. As for MCR running, well, he recently said he’s waiting for the day he sees AJ’s head on a pike.

    Bottom Line: They’ve done their work tirelessly, for years. We can’t look to them for uniting us. We have to unite. Their work is done and we have to pick up the slack.

    @Sponky
    Quite honestly, I don’t care if man made climate change. But I do know that HAARP is chugging along and I’m being sprayed over Austin, so yeah, of course some is manmade. (Recently, heavy spraying in Austin for two weeks straight — awful awful. I watched that shit for hours (I’m a delivery driver))…

    As for C02 emissions, I don’t think anyone could argue that we live in a closed atmosphere made of several levels with different pressures. Hot air rises. It makes sense that as more C02 is released, hot (and toxic) air would push upward and create imbalances at different atmospheric levels. Like me smoking cigarettes constantly for eight years has probably created some imbalances in my body.

    What I know is this: An infinite-growth economy that produces less each year, that uses 1 billion barrels of oil every 11-12 days, whose markets explode over Suez Canal strikes, Libya and Iran, is obviously hard-up on energy.

    The fact that Alaska is even on the table shows how desperate the situation is. ANWR has by estimations of recoverable oil would last the US about six months. Remember, once you’ve peaked, you won’t be able to get more than the previous time period.

    The Arctic has a lot of oil, on the other hand. Still, this won’t offset depletion. Using 1 billion barrels of oil every 11-12 days, and, well, shit, it’s going to take 7-9 years to get Northern oil into the global supply line! And ANWR and the Arctic is what we got?

    Peak Oil does not mean running out of oil. It is only the point at which you can not produce more oil than the year prior. You’ve used up half the supply and gone after the “low hanging fruit.” Makes sense; why would oil companies dig thousands of feet into the ocean if oil were still on land?

    Fossil fuels are finite. Saudi Arabia has 25% of known oil reserves on the planet. Why have they moved to offshore drilling and begun tapping their oldest fields again? Why are they hoarding more gas now for local use? Maybe they’ve peaked. I think they did in 2006, which would have meant the world had peaked.

    Notice how much harder it’s getting to get energy? Canadian tar sands pipeline? BP? Shale oil? (It takes 3-5 barrels of fresh water used to produce 1 of shale gas, and I’ve read up to 7-8 for shale oil).

    Sorry, crazy tangent. Peak oiler in me…

    Thanks for reading, and I’m down to talk more if y’all wanna.

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  4. PAUL LEO FASO April 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    For the record, the latest confirmed Russian oil production numbers surpass the Saudi outputs in 2011. The recent Russian numbers published by Bloomberg News also confirms Joe Vialls 2004 accusation, that the whole “PEAK OIL” issue was part of a scam in gas prices and the petro/dollar rigged reserve currency.
    After many years of reworking old wells the Russians has proved his point.
    Check out this link to his on time prediction;

    http://www.rense.com/general75/zoil.htm

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  5. Andrew Schrader April 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    There is not enough Russian oil to offset decline and “return to economic growth.” It makes no difference in the long term for anyone except Russia (maybe BRICs now, too).

    I’ve read this article before. Notice how there is no price for extraction here, only that the process is expensive… The reason the “hard to get” oil hasn’t been tapped is not some Zionist cabal trying to scare PO into us — it’s because it is most profitable to wait until the price of crude goes up before producing/refining. The processes of extraction are too expensive; the only reason “untapped” resources are being opened up is because the price justifies it.

    There is no Zionist/Illuminati-like cabal controlling the world’s oil. How money works controls the world’s oil.

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  6. heyman May 1, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    @andrewschrader there is a cabal controlling the worlds money however, and in turn the oil as well.

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  7. PAUL LEO FASO May 1, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    heyman:

    You are correct about the cabal, my comment validating your claim, with a link to support it, has been ” awaiting moderation” since April 23, 2012.

    The rigged petro/dollar scam is over, and so is this game for the Federal Reserve Bank.

    Google this;
    CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK

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  8. heyman May 1, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    The larger part of disinfo would be better understood if people realized that the US is a corporation, not a Country. So if you do not own or run a corporation in this country your about as well off as a serf of the middle ages.

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  9. atypicalamerican May 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Andrew, you speak the truth from your heart. Funny how you are in another state but I can tell, just from your words that you are earnest. There are plenty of Americans that are willing to “fight” but most of us realize that holding a sign and ending up with a criminal record or another count, perhaps is not the most effective way. I think simple civil unity and not so much “disobedience” but old fashioned STRIKES! I have read and believe much information about the strength of the AFL-CIO before the new deal was made. There were about 20M+ members of those organizations and they acted with strength though perhaps not perfect unity. The “99%” run this entire gosh darn country and the “elites” would not be able to get to work if everyone else wasn’t doing all the “work”. We’ll have to figure something out…

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